I have tried to organize a surprise trip that satisfies the extreme knitters passions, Shopping and knitting.
This was another dog less trip, so Ruby was handed over to our daughter to spoil for the weekend.
It was Friday lunchtime and after a leisurely drive down the M5 and a short section of the M4 motorway we exited onto the A36 heading for our favourite city of Bath.
I had pre-booked a pitch for two nights at the Bath Marina campsite. The urban campsite is a gem because of its close location opposite the Newbridge Park & Ride.
The Marina and campsite sit beside the River Avon. It’s an all year round site with concrete hard standings.
After a walk around the Marina and the river we settled down to a relaxing evening in Puffin.
We found this fascinating water feature just off the Bristol/Bath Cycle path. Sadly it wasn’t working
Beans on toast for supper and as I wasn’t driving this weekend the Bacardi made an appearance.
Saturday morning and after a lie in followed by bacon baps we walked the short distance over the road to the Park & Ride to catch the number 21 bus into Bath. The £2.50 each bus ride took only fifteen minutes and dropped us at Westgate Buildings in the city centre.
We have visited Bath so many times before and it never fails to intrigue. The City is famous for its Georgian architecture and as a water spa. We wandered around the many small shops in the side streets, back alleys and small shopping arcades. Bath is a city that buzzes with many shoppers, tourists and some very talented buskers. After all this retail therapy we needed tea and coffee to sustain us for the day. Suitably refortified in a little Deli/coffee shop we carried on with the shopping extravaganza.
Although the e/knitter purchased some fabric I actually managed to come away with a new coat and a gillet.
As the day progressed the Bacon baps were wearing off and we needed food, so we popped into Café Rouge for a late lunch. The food and ambiance is great.
We carried on shopping and sightseeing until we could take no more.
Totally tired out we boarded the bus back to the Park and Ride and then walked to the campsite where we collapsed in a heap back at Puffin.
We took a small television with us for the first time ever on our camping trips. The pitches on the marina site have a TV aerial point and it worked quite well. We intend to use the camper right through the winter and when the nights get dark early, so it may be good to be able to watch TV or a DVD.
Sunday morning and we were due to leave the campsite, so bacon baps for breakfast again and we stowed everything away into the cupboards. We had another place to visit before we headed home.
The American Museum on the outskirts of Bath is always worth a visit and we hadn’t been there for 12 years. The main reason for our visit was to see the exhibition of work by Kaffe Fassett who just happened to be the extreme knitter favouritist knitter. His knitting style is rule breaking and original. We later wandered around the rest of the museum that gives a fascinating insight into the American life through the ages.
After a busy and totally enjoyable weekend we slowly made our way home.
We have been chatting about a possible trip to Poland next year. That should give us something to look forward to.